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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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If you have enough, you are rich indeed

Dickens said

Enough is such a wonderful word.”

Love = limiting your own freedom

John Paul II says:

Love consists of a commitment which limits one’s freedom — it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one’s freedom on behalf of another. Limitation of one’s freedom might seem to be something negative and unpleasant, but love makes it a positive, joyful and creative thing. Freedom exists for the sake of love. If freedom is not used, is not taken advantage of by love it becomes a negative thing and gives human beings a feeling of emptiness and unfulfillment.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Best vacation quote ever

Anna to Chinese woman:  “So, what does dog taste like?  Is it similar to chicken?”

Chinese woman:  “It tastes like cat.”

Michelle and I on the Li Jiang

More pictures to come…

The paradox of our time

This was in the front of one of my textbooks, by George Carlin (of all people).  It’s titled, The Paradox of Our Time.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less.  We buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment;
More experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired,
read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray Continue reading

It’s for adults, too

Do we choose, or are we chosen?  Or is this question committing the logical fallacy of false dilemma all together?  While our humanness jumps straight to the either/or, is there another option that we fail to consider?  The lion, Aslan, puts it this way: Continue reading

Mark Twain

snapshots of Thailand

How has living abroad for three years in East Asia affected me?  I’m not exactly sure all the ways and don’t think I’ll fully realize the impact this time has had upon my life until after I am away from China, but I believe time will tell that it has profoundly influenced my worldview.  Only time will tell, but in the meantime Mark Twain put it this way:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one’s little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.